Arpon Basu's proposed trade for the Canadiens' 5th overall pick

Mike Bouchard
May 8, 2024  (10:57)

Kent Hughes
Photo credit: Habs Digest

The NHL draft recently stirred excitement, especially among Montreal Canadiens fans, with the lottery broadcasted yesterday.

The team maintained its fifth position, a disappointment for those hoping for better. However, an exercise of mock draft conducted by The Athletic journalists proposed an interesting scenario.
In this simulation, the Habs would trade their fifth overall pick to the Calgary Flames for the ninth selection and a first-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks.
Journalist Arpon Basu, acting as the general manager, explained this choice due to the absence of certain targets available at the time of selection, notably Ivan Demidov and Cayden Lindstrom.
This scenario would allow the Canadiens to add drafting options while selecting promising prospect Tij Iginla.
See the scenario:
1- San Jose Sharks: Macklin Celebrini
2- Chicago Blackhawks: Ivan Demidov
3- Anaheim Ducks: Artyom Levshunov
4- Columbus Blue Jackets: Cayden Lindstrom
5- Calgary Flames: Zeev Buium*
6- Utah: Anton Silayev
7- Ottawa Senators: Zayne Parekh
8- Seattle Kraken: Sam Dickinson
9- Montreal Canadiens: Tij Iginla*
10- New Jersey Devils: Berkly Catton
11- Buffalo Sabres: Cole Eiserman
12- Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Yakemchuk
13- Minnesota Wild: Adam Jiricek
14- San Jose Sharks: Beckett Sennecke
15- Detroit Red Wings: Konsta Helenius
16- St. Louis Blues: Michael Brandsegg-Nygard

*Transaction made

"With Ivan Demidov and Cayden Lindstrom selected in the first four picks, the worst-case scenario presented itself to the Canadiens. They had to decide whether to choose a forward at the 5th overall pick, select a right-handed defenseman - Zayne Parekh and Carter Yakemchuk were available - or trade down to acquire additional draft capital and secure the forward they wanted from the start.

We opted for option number 3, made the trade with Calgary, added a third first-round pick (in addition to the Jets' pick acquired in exchange for Sean Monahan), and drafted Tij Iginla from the Kelowna Rockets, a playoff-type forward who should help bolster the Canadiens' top six in about two years." - Arpon Basu

Though fictional, this exercise raises potential strategies for the Habs, particularly optimizing their first-round picks to address future needs. If this situation materializes in the real draft, Kent Hughes will have several crucial decisions to make for the team's future.

Via Marqueur.com:
Le 5e choix au total du CH échangé? On connaît maintenant sa valeur